18th November

Where is this month going?? I had such high hopes of getting a lot more completed by midmonth! *laughs*

What I do have is much colder weather and leaves EVERYWHERE. We've had a cold stiff breeze for days now and I'm having 'fun' trying to keep the leaves off the back porch and side entryway steps. As many leaves as are blanketing our property, I'd expect to look up and see naked trees....but no, there are plenty still hanging on to yet litter our yard!

Current temps: 9C/48F

And last night's freeze got all my beautiful Impatients. So need to pull those up this weekend.

Happy Friday!


17th November

A lovely autumn day of which I have taken full advantage, walking with the dogs to my neighbour in the next valley . Clear blue sky, light breeze and a few fluffy clouds scudding their way across to gather in some slightly larger clouds over the top of the mountain are the background to my walk. And as I climb higher - views of the sea. I love it here!
The reason for my walk is to get instructions for the coming week when the 'family' will grow from two dogs to four dogs and a mule. So for one week I will be a true country girl, mucking out, grooming and my weather reports will be from one valley over!
This weekend, however, we are off to the seaside a little further west. Will it be calm seas or churning foam? Either way I'll be happy!


14th November

I woke to grey clouds but by the time I had made my way out of the front door to walk the dogs there were swathes of blue sky and the clouds were more white than grey. A good day ahead, thought I. An hour later and the sky was covered again with a grey blanket.
13:00  I am not too bothered by greyness today as I need to do some serious writing. I have been more than lax recently. I find the wet, grey days quite good for head-down work, no sun tempting me out into its warmth.
15:50 Thunder has been bouncing off the mountain sides and now the heavy rain has come. I'm going to make squash soup for dinner tonight, and have already brought some logs in for the evening fire. Cosiness is called for. Good thing is, the writing is progressing well.
16:40 A good inch of rain in the dogs' food bowls which I have just recovered indoors. It has stopped for the time being and there is a strip of blue between the greys, as if a random swish of paint had been applied.
18:45 The fire is lit, a glass of red wine is poured and a peaceful evening stretches in front of me as the clouds continue to build in the dark night.


13th November

Woke to a bright, bright, blue sky - and its turned "warm" again (by which I mean its not too cold!)
The yellowed leaves are tumbling from my Wisteria now - I have to fish them out from the pond every morning. (In hindsight, allowing the Wisteria to thread itself over wires across the pond was stupid - but as the pond and the Wisteria are both outside my office window....) Once its died back we're going to re-arrange where the wires go.
Anyone know when the Dogwoods change colour? One is supposed to be red wood, the other yellow..... they both look a bit greenish from where I'm sitting here in my office. Must go take a closer look.

Collecting Kathy from the stable yard yesterday we drove along the Epping New Road, which is a high ridge between the Lea Valley and the Roding Valley. The Forest is so beautiful in Autumn.

The Lee / Lea is confusing as there are two spellings Lee and Lea.
The Lee Valley is the name of the valley - and all its leisure centres etc (and site of the 2012 Olympic Games) while the  River Lea is the river - as Wikipedia states:

'There are many different spellings of the river's name. In the 19th century the Ordnance Survey decided to use both Lea and Lee. After years of dispute about the spelling, now it is agreed that the natural features such as the river are spelt Lea, whilst man-made features are spelt Lee, such as the Lee Valley Park'

Epping Forest
 (photo pilfered from the internet!)

13th November

Whatever the weather it is bright, far too bright. I need sleep...and headache tablets...bright light, bright light...too bright.